Friday, November 28, 2008

A Very Happy Thanksgiving

Parker and I decided to take on the task of preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the first time! Lots of work, but lots of fun! Parker prepared the turkey and he did an excellent job. It was super moist and it made even better gravy. Thanksgiving is ALL about the gravy! I did most everything else (pies, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls....) and everything turned out pretty good. I do need to work on my pie crust skills and Parker's mom agreed to give me a lesson over Christmas. I can't wait for Christmas (as if my blog didn't give that away!) to come so I can see all my family. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, here are a few pictures from ours.


Ready to eat that Turkey!



















The pies that went straight to my thighs.....

















After....



















Before.....


















Family portrait

















I loves my boys!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Branchial Fistula

Since Colton was born, he has had two little dimples on his neck. I made sure to point them out to the pediatrician and she checked them over and told me they were nothing to worry about. The next check up, I told her that they were leaking fluid and she got a more concerned look on her face. She referred me to a surgeon (skipped the specialist all together) of whom I went to see today. He took a look at the dimples and told me what they were and where they came from. The dimples are called Branchial Fistula and the fluid they leak (mind you the fluid is VERY minimal) is saliva. Apparently, this happens during gestation, around the fourth week. The best way to explain what it is, is to think of a skinny straw. That straw goes from the outside of the neck, through the skin to the inside. Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is through surgery. It about broke my heart when the doctor told me my little one was going under the knife. Surgery has been scheduled for January 13th and to make things worse, they only fix one at a time so my little guy will be having surgery twice! I can't even believe this is happening. I know the surgery will go fine, but it makes me SO sad that someone so little has to take on SO much. The surgery will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and scarring is generally very minimal. The incision will be a half inch to an inch long depending on the severity of the fistula. The only other concern is the chance of a cyst. Many times fistulas are accompanied by cysts so they will be doing an ultra sound to see if there is one. If there is, that may result in a larger scar but it is much better to take care of it now rather than later. If we don't do anything, there is a chance of infection and in the case that there is a cyst, it will only get larger over time. It is much better to take action now.

There is a picture below to help illustrate what a fistula is. I found this on the Internet so I am sure this is a dramatic picture. I can't imagine my little one has a fistula this big but, it gives you an idea. Keep little Colton is your prayers!

























This isn't Colton, but this is what his dimples look like. I couldn't get him to hold still long enough to take a good picture!
















Here is a link to the best scientific explanation I could find.

http://gpnotebook.co.uk/simplepage.cfm?ID=-2140471263

Sunday, November 23, 2008

We've been Elfed!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Eating Rice Cereal For The First Time!

This video makes me smile! The first minute is quite entertaining but then it gets kind of lame. Watch when he gets his first bite, he looks just like a dog when it gets peanut butter on the roof of its mouth! Too funny!

video

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Scary Sleeping

Colton really freaks me out on occasion. He LOVES to bury his head into his crib bumper and I am really nervous he will suffocate himself. I have tried taking the bumper down and not only does he not sleep as well, he gets his arms and legs stuck in the slats. Any suggestions?



Friday, November 14, 2008

Apparently, we own a giant mouse.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hooray for Pictures!

I got a surprise package from Whitni this morning! I was so excited to see the CD of pictures (she took amazing pictures while I was in Texas) and a birthday gift! She sent a bottle of the most amazing tomatoe basil soup I have ever had, I can't wait to eat it for dinner tonight! Hooray for sisters. Here are a few of the pictures she took. Are they not the most amazing pictures ever?






































Thursday, November 06, 2008

5 Months
Yesterday Colton turned 5 months old. Time is flying. Here is what he has been up to the last month, but first his 5 month old picture.

4 months (goofy picture because I had to take it on my phone)























5 Months!























Eating rice cereal for the first time.






















Lots and lots of tummy time.






















Putting EVERYTHING in my mouth!

















Loving my books!